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About the Aircraft: by Wikipedia
The Dassault Mirage III is one of the most successful supersonic fighters ever built. Developed by Dassault Aviation of France in the 1950s, it was the first European combat aircraft capable of flying at a speed of Mach 2. The Mirage III was produced in several versions and acquired by the air forces of twenty countries for a total of 1,422 units built. .
Due to its characteristics of being a simple and reliable fighter and because it has good performance, the Mirage was for a long time the main defense aircraft of the French Air Force. It also achieved great success during the Six Day War when the Israeli Air Force used it extensively with success in combat against the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian Air Forces. It was also used in the Pakistan war in December 1971 where it achieved 8 victories over the Indian Air Force. In 1982, they were used by the Argentine Air Force in the Falklands War against England.
In 1952, the French government issued its specification, calling for a lightweight, all-weather interceptor. Amongst the respondents were Dassault with their design, initially known as the Mirage I. Following favourable flight testing held over the course of 1954, in which speeds of up to Mach 1.6 were attained, it was decided that a larger follow-on aircraft would be required to bear the necessary equipment and payloads. An enlarged Mirage II proposal was considered, as well as MD 610 Cavalier (3 versions), but was discarded in favour of a further-developed design, powered by the newly developed Snecma Atar afterburning turbojet engine, designated as the Mirage III. In October 1960, the first major production model, designated as the Mirage IIIC, performed its maiden flight. Initial operational deliveries of this model commenced in July 1961; a total of 95 Mirage IIICs were obtained by the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air, AdA). The Mirage IIIC was rapidly followed by numerous other variants.
The Mirage III was produced in large numbers for both the French Air Force and a wide number of export customers. Prominent overseas operators of the fighter included Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Israel, as well as a number of non-aligned nations. Often considered to be a second-generation fighter aircraft, the Mirage III experienced a lengthy service life with several of these operators; for some time, the type remained a fairly maneuverable aircraft and an effective opponent when engaged in close-range dogfighting. During its service with the French Air Force, the Mirage III was normally armed with assorted air-to-ground ordnance or R.550 Magic air-to-air missiles. Its design proved to be relatively versatile, allowing the fighter model to have been readily adapted to serve in a variety of roles, including trainer, reconnaissance and ground-attack versions, along with several more extensive derivatives of the aircraft, including the Dassault Mirage 5, Dassault Mirage IIIV and Atlas Cheetah. Some operators have undertaken extensive modification and upgrade programmes of their flights, such as Project ROSE of the Pakistan Air Force.
The Mirage III has been used in active combat roles in multiple conflicts by a number of operators. The Israeli Air Force was perhaps the most prolific operator of the fighter outside of France itself; Israel deployed their Mirage IIIs in both the Six-Day War, where it was used as both an air superiority and strike aircraft, and the Yom Kippur War, during which it was used exclusively in air-to-air combat in conjunction with the IAI Nesher, an Israeli-built derivative of the Mirage 5. Ace of aces Giora Epstein achieved all of his kills flying either the Mirage III or the Nesher. During the South African Border War, the Mirage III formed the bulk of the South African Air Force's fleet, comprising a cluster of Mirage IIICZ interceptors, Mirage IIIEZ fighter-bombers and Mirage IIIRZ reconnaissance fighters; following the introduction of the newer Mirage F1, the type was dedicated to secondary roles in the conflict, such as daytime interception, base security, reconnaissance and training. The Argentine Air Force used the Mirage IIIEA during the Falklands War, but their lack of an aerial refueling capability limited the aircraft's usefulness in the conflict. Even using drop tanks, the Mirages only had an endurance of five minutes within the combat area around the British fleet.
In May 1970, Brazil ordered 17 fighters, 13 of the Mirage IIIEBR model and 4 of the IIIDBR model, which were delivered to the Brazilian Air Force between October 1972 and May 1973, receiving the name F-103. The Mirage III fighters belonged to the 1st. Air Defense Group (1st GDA), located at the Anápolis base in Goiás. These fighters underwent the first modernization program at the end of the 1980s and again in 1997. They remained in operation until December 2005, when they had more than 67,000 flight hours and 33 years of operation, being replaced by Mirage fighters. 2000.
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This aircraft follows all the basic AI requirements. It is specially designed for Artificial Intelligence [AI] to simulate air traffic, it is able to land and take off with extreme precision at the main airports in the game, it is also a playable aircraft, you can enjoy air collisions, target shooting or just enjoy of a more realistic air traffic.
How to make it operational:
Step 1: Download and save this aircraft to your collection
Step 2: Activate in-game AI air traffic in sandbox mode and wait patiently on the ground until the aircraft is spawned
If the aircraft is not spawning, remove decorative details such as lights, letters and numbers on the fuselage, then repeat the process again until the aircraft is spawned in your skies.
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- Power/Weight Ratio 2.038
- Wing Loading 30.4lbs/ft2 (148.4kg/m2)
- Wing Area 543.9ft2 (50.5m2)
- Drag Points 2206
- Number of Parts 91
- Control Surfaces 5
- Performance Cost 518